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The triumphant return
575 CPO
Had to stay in due to the timing of a couple of calls today, but I still managed to do yoga and get two nice time lapses!

It was so nice to see a lot of clouds out this morning after a few annoyingly clear and sunny days. I looked around in the back yard for a spot for the Podo, and realized I could get a nice angle if I leaned a broom that's out there against a post. The clouds were low and moving fast, so even though this is processed at the rate I almost always use, it looks really fast.

It'd been a while since I saw Dale, who I met through Barbara, and he took me out for lunch today. We chose Arnie's because it was her favorite restaurant, plus it's easy for him to get to when he crosses over on the ferry. That ferry was delayed, and while I was looking around for spots to leave the Podo, I was surprised to hear my name. Up above me on the deck at a salon was Garrett's cousin Becky, her hair full of foils. She was actually in a chair facing the other direction, and spotted me in the mirror! We chatted for a few minutes and then I put the Podo on the fence, the same spot I've used before.

That one turned out so nice! And we had an excellent time at lunch.

I got a few things done today, including adding a second hook for this plant that's reaching out from beyond the vertical garden. I wanted it higher, but couldn't reach beyond that spot.


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My Podo is here! So I'm probably going to ask you a bunch of questions while I figure out how to use it. Any helpful hints on what settings work the best for capturing clouds going by?

Only that the more frames you use, the smoother it'll look. The most you can do is one every five seconds, and I find that the battery lasts about 90 minutes when you do that. So obviously if you want to capture a whole day, you'll want to try something more like a frame a minute.

If you don't already have it, get MovieMaker on your computer. I've found that my laptop runs out of memory if I put too many frames in, so I process in batches of 400 or so at a time. so if I have 1,350 frames, I make three movies:
Frames 1-400
Frames 401-800
Frames 801-1,350

Then I put the three movies I made back into MovieMaker and adjust the speed until I like the results, and I try to keep it under a minute so it'll work on Instagram without cutting the beginning or end off.

You can move the finished file back to your phone using a USB cable for posting, or use Gramblr to upload to Instagram straight from the computer. I also put everything on flickr and YouTube, because why not?

I can show you over Skype sometime if you like. It sounds complicated but I've got a routine down. You should also check out YouTube videos about making time lapses with MovieMaker, that's how I learned.

It does sound complicated but with AJ here to help, I think we can do it! But I'll probably be asking your professional advice regularly!

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